Additional parking spots eliminated
Newark locals lobby to end free parking on Winslow and Sunset
Published: Monday, September 10, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 10, 2012 21:09
In late August, Newark community members signed a petition to eliminate free student parking on Sunset and Winslow Roads between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. There were approximately 40 spaces available for students to park in a close proximity to the library and campus.
One of the appeals of the university is that it’s a very pedestrian-friendly campus, but not necessarily between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. This is an issue of making it convenient for students taking the extra step to be safe or to study late. Having a car here is a luxury, but the university shouldn’t make it an inconvenience entirely. There’s no denying that students frequently drive their cars to and from campus, yet they have to jump through loopholes to ensure that their cars are not towed or ticketed. Many students feel that this is more of a burden than it should be.
Furthermore, the fact that the petition was signed before the semester began leaves out student input almost entirely. If a resident can lobby his or her way to getting a petition signed that directly affects students, students should be able to challenge that motion. This indicates that there needs to be a more open flow of communication between community members and university students. Community members need to anticipate crowded parking spaces during the fall and spring semesters—there’s no way around it. Making more barriers for students who choose to use their cars on campus will only amplify negative relations.